China’s Xiaomi Corporation plans to introduce smartphones powered by a custom-made microprocessor, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
The company aims to release its “Pinecone” processor within a month, a move that underscores its ambitions to join the top-tier phone makers globally, the report said.
Xiaomi will become the second smartphone maker in China, after Huawei Technologies, to produce phones with its own processors.
Developing chips internally helps the company in optimizing the integration of hardware and software, and could also insulate Xiaomi from supply-chain disruptions.
Xiaomi’s chip technology is built on a foundation from Chinese state-backed Datang Telecom.
In November 2014, a new Xiaomi-linked private entity, Beijing Pinecone Electronics, paid 103 million yuan to acquire mobile processor technology from Datang subsidiary Leadcore Technology Ltd.
The two companies planned to jointly design mobile chips.
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